words_not_weapons_poetry_slam_web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — Join the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) in celebrating April as National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 2 p.m., with the Expressions From Within Poetry Slam.

This event is free and open to the public. The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; phone 954-357-2810.

This year the poetry event will be sponsored by the AARLCC Programs and Exhibits Department in collaboration with Holy-wood Records Worldwide LLC — an urban Gospel/positive music recording label that believes in promoting positive change in today’s society through music, networking, and performing arts.

Participants and students can recite their own original poems or choose other poems to read. A panel of judges will consider the poem’s merit, dramatic appropriateness and level of difficulty, and the poet’s physical presence, voice and articulation, evidence of understanding and overall performance, along with the public reaction.

The winners of the competition will have their poem recorded professionally, placed on a CD and uploaded to a dedicated website for the winner to promote their project to the general public. Registration is required to participate in the poetry recital. To register, call Desmond Hannibal at 954-357-6224. For more information about Holy-wood Records Worldwide LLC, visit facebook.com/pson2.

Photo: by Jesse Swanson. Staff illustration

Poetry Slam past: Scenes from Words Not Weapons, one of many recent area poetry events.